A plastic-bag vignette

Groceries in a knapsackShopping for groceries in the Byward Market this morning, we saw some trifling but real evidence that the people are indeed ahead of the politicians.

At the fruit and vegetable shop, while we loaded our celery and sweet potatoes into our knapsacks, the fellow just before us returned to hand back one of his two plastic bags. “It all fits in this one,” he said.

At the Italian grocery, the guy in front of us stopped the clerk from double-bagging his purchases by rebalancing the load among other sacks he already had. The people after us declined bags altogether: “It’s OK, we’ve got our own,” the woman said.

This is small stuff, but the sheer frequency of it was telling, I hope.


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